Scholarships available in 2021

April 26, 2021
Manufactured housing resident scholarship entries due June 1

Qualifying residents of manufactured housing in Delaware can receive scholarship funds to further their education. First State Manufactured Housing Association is offering four $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors, GED recipients or students who are currently enrolled in college, technical schools or trade schools. Full- or part-time registration in an accredited program is acceptable. Award recipients may reapply annually. Eligible candidates must have lived in a manufactured or modular home in Delaware for at least one year prior to the application. Evaluations will consider essay response, scholastic grades, community involvement, honors recommendations and personal goals. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, June 1. For applications, go to

Alliance launches paraprofessional scholarship

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice is now accepting applications for the 2021 paraprofessional scholarship program. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to an African American/Black Cape Henlopen School District paraprofessional already seeking teacher certification. Applications are due by Monday, May 3. Go to for more information, including eligibility, criteria and application form.

Music scholarship applications due May 1

The St. Cecilia Music Guild, an outreach ministry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes, is now taking applications for its second annual scholarship.

The $1,000 award will be made to a Sussex County high school graduating senior who is accepted at a college to major in some aspect of music.

The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 1. For more information, go to or contact T.J. Thomas at 302-645-8479 or

Sunshine Circle Club offers scholarship

The Sunshine Circle Club is now accepting applications for scholarships for college-bound seniors. The deadline is Friday, April 30. For more information and to obtain an application, email

Sussex County Republican Women scholarship applications due April 30

The Sussex County Republican Women's Club has extended its scholarship application deadline to Friday, April 30. For more information about the scholarship and application process,  email

Scholarship applications due April 30

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Organization Sussex County Inc. is accepting scholarship applications for graduating high school students in Sussex County. The scholarship was established to help support local students who are sincerely interested in perpetuating and nurturing King’s legacy, vision and dream, and the celebration of the only U.S. holiday named in honor and memory of an African American. Eligible students must also intend to pursue higher education at a traditional four-year college/university, a two-year community college, a trade/vocational school or other higher education approved by the organization. Applications are due by Friday, April 30. To download an application, go to next

Lewes Fire Department scholarship applications due April 25

Each year, the Lewes Fire Department awards a Thornton A. Shipley Scholarship to a high school senior residing within the Lewes Fire District who will be continuing their education at an institution of higher learning. The scholarship application is available on the Lewes Fire Department website at, and a map depicting the LFD fire district is included. The scholarship is a one-time award of $1,500, good for the first year of the student’s attendance at an institution of higher learning of their choice. In case of a two-way tie, the amount will be divided, $750 per applicant. The deadline is Sunday, April 25. To apply, fill out the linked Google Form or print paper packets. Packets may be submitted to or mailed to Lewes Fire Department, Attn: Scholarship, P.O. Box 225, Lewes, DE 19958.

Cape senior nursing scholarship applications due April 22

Graduating seniors at Cape Henlopen High School who plan to pursue a career in nursing are eligible to apply for the Andrea Chomo Smith Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The selected recipient will be awarded $2,000 toward next year’s studies. Application are now available from Kristin Clifton, college counselor, at the CHHS Guidance Office. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 22. This scholarship is presented to honor the memory of Andrea Smith, a dedicated nurse whose career took her from the Army hospital in Danang, Vietnam, to the trauma unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia before she retired to the Sawgrass North community near Rehoboth Beach.

IR High School senior scholarship applications due April 13

The #7234 Mason Dixon VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship for a graduating senior from Indian River High School. Applicants must be enrolled full time at a college or trade school for the upcoming year to qualify. Applications are due by Tuesday, April 13.  Applications and instructions are available from the guidance office, online at or by emailing

Women’s Club of Milton scholarship applications due April 13

The Women’s Club of Milton will award two $1,500 scholarships to eligible female high school seniors in the local area. Eligible college-bound students must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA and participated in extracurricular activities as well as community or faith-related service. 

Students must reside in the 19941, 19951, 19960 or 19968 ZIP code areas. Scholarship applications may be obtained from guidance counselors at Cape Henlopen, Sussex Academy and Delmarva Christian high schools. Completed applications are due to guidance counselors by Tuesday, April 13. All applications will be reviewed by the WCOM scholarship committee; recipients will be announced at the school senior awards ceremonies, or as directed by COVID-19 guidelines. Scholarship monies are provided through fundraising events sponsored by the Women’s Club of Milton such as the holiday house tour, Holly Festival bake sale, 50/50 raffle sales and more. 

The WCOM is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the world's oldest and largest service organizations dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.

Zwaanendael Club scholarship applications due April 1

The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club is now accepting scholarship applications from Cape Henlopen High School graduating seniors who will be continuing their education at a college or a vocational-technical school. The recipient of this annual $1,000 scholarship will be chosen from applicants who are in good academic standing. Applications are due by Thursday, April 1, and the winner will be announced in May.

To obtain applications, go to or see a Cape High guidance counselor. For more information, email

The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, is a nonprofit corporation whose members are public-spirited women serving and improving our community. This scholarship is awarded through the club’s education and libraries community service program.

Indian River High alumni and senior scholarship applications due March 31

The Indian River High School Alumni Association continues to offer scholarships for higher education to both high school seniors and current college students. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 31.

The 2021 IR Pride Scholarship awards $500 to $1,000 to graduating IRHS seniors. This prize celebrates school spirit, not just academics, athletics or financial need. Applicants will respond to the question “How have you contributed to make IR a better place?”

Alumni of any age can enter the IR Pride Scholarship for Current Alumni. Winners receive $500 for any college level from an associate degree to post-doctorate. Applicants must be alumni association members. To apply or to register for free membership, go to Indian River High School Alumni Association meets monthly and always welcomes new members.

The nonprofit IRHSAA formed in 2012 to connect alumni while supporting and promoting the high school. With community support, it has given $56,000 in scholarships to 60 students.

New need-based scholarships announced

Furman and Joyce Sessoms, education advocates and co-founders of the ARK Educational Resource Center After-School Program in Laurel, announced the creation of two need-based educational scholarships for Sussex County students. The 2 Queen Beas scholarships honor the rich legacy of two strong family matriarchs, Essie B. Wynder and Essie B. Bracey-Allen, the Sessoms’ aunt and niece.

Two $500 need-based scholarships are available for a graduating high school senior pursuing a degree from an accredited college or entering a first-year vocational/career training program from an accredited institution, or an individual at least 17 years old and pursuing a GED or high school diploma from an accredited school, or an individual pursuing a Christian education diploma or degree from an accredited program.

Scholarship rules, guidelines and applications will be posted in May at

This scholarship promotes education, knowledge, achievement, and understanding in order that individuals discover the Jeremiah 29:11 plan for their lives.

For more information, call the ARK Educational Resource Center at 302-715-5318.

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